This instructable will teach you how to build a Nemo costume for use on Halloween or as a stage costume. In and effort to encompass the "go green" concept, my Technology class was asked to pair into groups and design a line of marine themed costumes. Each group had their own theme ranging from boats, to sharks, to mollusks. In each of these groups, they had to each design a costume fitting within the theme of their group. These costumes had to be created entirely created from slotted cardboard so that a middle aged student can easily slot together the pieces under minimal supervision.
Design Brief: I will make a Nemo shaped costume for use on Halloween or as a stage costume in a play.
1. Easy to Assemble
2. Must lay flat on top of one another (Flat-Pack).
3. Must fit an average middle schooler.
1. Use only Cardboard
2. No fasteners or adhesives
3. Use slotted construction techniques
Step 1: Gather Materials
A cutting mat (optional)
A utility knife
A Ruler and Tape Measure
A Paintbrush (optional)
LOTS and LOTS of cardboard ( the amount of carboard should equal about three refrigerator boxes)
The Drawing included on this step called "Orthographic Drawing" (This will help you draw and cut out the parts of the costumes.)
Step 2: Making the Two Sides of the Fish
Place Cutting Mat on working area and place Refrigerator Box on top of the mat.
Cut out the rectangle with the Utility Knife
Draw the shape indicated on the Orthographic Drawing in actual size.
Cut out the shape drawn on the rectangle of cardboard
Draw lines for cuts with Pencil (from each cut or edge) 2”, 6”, 7.2”, 7.2”, 6”, 2”
Cut out the lines with the Utility Knife cutting down 10.5” from the top.
Do this again for another side.
Step 3: Making the Inner Pieces
Front Inner Piece:
1. Draw a rectangle that is 23” x 20” with the Pencil and the Ruler then cut the rectangle out using the Utility Knife Place the rectangle in a landscape position.
2. Mark spots for cuts 1” and 2” from both edges along the bottom using the Pencil.
3. Cut up 10.5” on the cuts using the Utility Knife.
Back Inner Piece:
1. Repeat the steps for Part P2
2. Cut down from the top 5”, 2” from the right edge using the Utility Knife.
Middle Back Inner Piece:
1. Draw a rectangle that is 23” x 20” with the Pencil and the Ruler then cut the rectangle out using the Utility Knife. Place the rectangle in a landscape position.
2. Using the Utility Knife cut two slots, one on either side, each 1” from the edge.
Middle Front Inner Piece:
1. Repeat steps for Part P4
2. Cut a slot 2” from the left edge down 5” using the Utility Knife.
Step 4: Making the Shoulder Strap
Using the Utility Knife cut out the rectangle and hold in the portrait position.
Cut a slot 1” from either edge that is 5” long on both ends of the rectangle.
Step 5: Making the Nose and Tail
Using the Ruler and Pencil draw a rectangle 34” x 20”
Using the Utility Knife cut out the rectangle, and hold in a landscape position.
Using the Pencil draw a line 4” from both the top and bottom in the center of the rectangle. Then, connect the edges of the rectangle to the line.
Using the Utility Knife cut out the triangular shapes along the lines.
Using the Utility Knife cut a slot 2” from both edges down from the top 10.5”
Fold along the centerline.
Repeat the steps for the nose.
Using the Utility Knife (T2) cut a line along the fold from the top 4”.
Step 6: Making the Tail (Caudal) Fin
Using the Pencil and the Orthographic Drawing draw the shape in actual size.
Using the Utility Knife cut out the shape.
Using the Utility Knife cut a slot 2” to the left of the edge and upwards from the bottom of the shape 4”.
Step 7: Making the "Lucky" Fin and Regular Fin
Using the Utility Knife and the Orthographic Drawing cut out the shape from an 8” x 5” rectangle.
Using the Utility Knife cut a slot upwards from the bottom 1” to the left of the edge and 1” upwards.
Using the Utility Knife cut out a rectangle 5” x 4”.
Using the Utility Knife cut a wavy edge along the right edge.3.
Using the Utility Knife cut a slot 1” to the right of the left edge 2” up.
Step 8: Paint
Step 9: Assembly Step One
Step 10: Assembly Step Two
Step 11: Assembly Step Three
Step 12: Assembly Step Four
Sides so that the slot on top is on the right.